Glass Bubbler Pipe Popularity Relies on Potency and Convenience

Glass Bubbler Pipe Popularity Relies on Potency and Convenience

As the popularity of marijuana continues to grow, more ways of consuming it come to light. Pipes, joints, bongs, vaporizers, edibles and dabbing are all popular choices for marijuana consumption, each with their own pros and cons. The glass bubbler pipe, despite its popularity amongst many pot users, is one of the less talked about smoking utensils that has the ability to produce a smooth smoke. It is a kind of hybrid glass utensil that is somewhere between a bong and a pipe. It is small and portable like a pipe but still has a water holder near the cone and stem so that the marijuana burned is pulled through the water. The water acts as a filter, smoothing out the smoke and diluting the THC content as well, although a nice smoke is still produced.

History of the Glass Bubbler Pipe

blowing glass started in ancient rome

Glass blowing has been around since the times of Ancient Rome.

Glass bubblers began to surge in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s when bongs became popular again. Glass blowing has been around for approximately 2,000 years, having initially been invented by the Romans. It took a much longer time to use the glass blowing skills to create the marijuana smoking devices we see today. Having said that, bongs have been used to smoke marijuana, opium and tobacco for hundreds of years, but the glass bubbler pipe has been around for much less time. The bubblers on the market today are extravagant and detailed by comparison. These may be small but the glass work is often elegant and varied, coming in a large variety of different styles.

Bubblers vs. Bongs

The smoke produced by bubblers is cooled down by the presence of water which makes it much smoother and easier to smoke. The popularity of the bubbler is based on this desire to get a smoother smoking experience than a joint or regular pipe can provide. Bongs are also capable of providing the same smooth high but they are often larger and harder to use at times and aren’t portable, whereas the glass bubbler pipe can be taken anywhere and is extremely convenient and easy to use.

Smoother Yet Weaker Hits

classic glass bubbler pipe

The classic glass bubbler pipe offers smoother, yet weaker hits.

The water actually filters tars and chemicals but it also takes away some of the THC and cannabinoids. In fact, a study conducted by NORML California in 1996 found the smoke from bong hits created a high tar to THC level. So despite the smoothness offered by the glass pipe bubbler, the hit is not as strong as smoking from a pipe or a joint.

As more and more states continue to legalize marijuana, more people are opening up to not only trying marijuana but also experimenting with paraphernalia. Most recently, California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine joined Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon in legalizing recreational marijuana. As of the vote last November, 20 percent of the country legalized recreational marijuana. The most recent Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of the country was in favor of legalization so more states are likely to end prohibition in the near future as well. All of this allows us to guess that the popularity of the glass bubbler pipe is only just starting to take off.


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